BALANS031 - Mike Parker by Darko Esser, Tripeo published on 2013/07/02 08:14:18 +0000 As avid fans we are happy and proud to welcome mr. Mike Parker in our podcast series. There aren't many sounddesigners with a more recognizable soundsignature then the Buffalo producer. Or more hypnotic and estranging for that matter. His new album 'Lustrations' just hit stores worldwide and showcases better then anything else what Mike is capable of when he gets his groove going. He asked us if he could step outside the techno realms for this mix, something we off course encouraged. The result is nothing short of remarkable and gives an insight in his inspirations and influences. Enjoy! Here's what he had to say to us: 1.What is your relationship with Balans? I am honored to play an event for Balans on July 12th. 2.What do you do to try and stay in balance? Any tips & secrets you would like to share with us night folks? I wish I had a universal answer, but for me there is the balance of creating music and making drawings. Sometimes they inform one another and sometimes they provide a release from each other. Also, I find that its good idea to avoid television. 3.About the podcast, can you tell us the story behind the mix? The mix is the third chapter in a series of podcasts I have completed recently. The first for Smoke Machine Taipei, the second for EDLX, and now BALANS. Each mix emphasizes sound design and analogue sound creation. There is music from the past, representing my musical influences and music from today. There are some rhythmic tracks, but not neccessarily techno, rather "proto-techno". 4.What gear did you use to make the Balans podcast? Two Technics turntables and one CD player. 5.What do you have in store for us (gigs/releases) the coming months? Right now, there are some remixes coming from various labels and of course, my new Prologue album "Lustrations" is now available. Also, I invite people to check out a new label called Mariana Wax, which has just re-released an older track of mine called "Below Zero". This once rare tune has been re-mastered for vinyl and it sounded great when I played it on the Berghain system. More gigs in Europe and Japan are planned for this summer. When I return to the US in September, I will begin work on an EP for Semantica.